CMU Daily - on the inside Monday 28th November

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In today's CMU Daily:
- Industry accused of hijacking EU legislation for piracy battle
- Bulgaria and Romania told to act on piracy to enter EU
- SonyBMG launch new independent support division
- DA appoint new man to head licensing division
- Voting opens on the Record Of The Day awards
- Radio 1 deny shunning Peel tribute track
- French PM says Monsieur R style raps not to blame for riots
- Nickelback man sues former drummer over royalties
- Cullum is Young Ambassador
- Album review: Rammstein - Rosenrot
- Williams breaks ticket record
- Outkast release new album soundtrack
- Pogues Fairy Tale re-release has motive
- Chart update
- This week's Student Radio Chart
- Subshot playlist
- Pharrell won't work with Timberlake
- Single review: Euros Childs - Donkey Island
- Fergie Peas in flu jab trouble
- Jagger says Ono stopped his Lennon friendship
- Kelly's not for quitting, okay?
- Church senior gossip galore
- Stone denies age different led to split
- Tommy Lee fights hellraiser image
- Arctic Monkey spurns fair weather friends
- Conways finally kicked out of X Factor

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VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE TRACK OF 2005>>
Yep, it's that time of year again when we ask you to look back at the music of the last 12 months and pick the one track that you think was the best. It can be a single release, an album track, a remix, a bootleg or even a cover version - as long as it was first released in 2005. Any music from any genre is eligible, except anything recorded by Westlife. We'll publish individual nominations each day of December and release an overall Top Ten just before Christmas.

TO VOTE just email the track you most rate from 2005, with short description as to why it is your favourite (about 50 words would be good) and your name/company/job title to 2005@cmumusicnetwork.co.uk.

THEN VOTE FOR THE RECORD OF THE DAY AWARDS 2005>>
Voting is now underway in the Record of the Day Awards for Music Journalism and PR, 2005. The Record of the Day Awards are the only UK event recognising excellence in music journalism and PR, voted for the people that matter. Have your say about whose writing you rate by completing the online survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=27680722369 Voting only takes a few minutes and one voter will be selected at random to win an iPod Nano. Winners will be announced at a special event at London's Islington Academy on December 14. For more information email david@recordoftheday.com

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INDUSTRY ACCUSED OF HIJACKING EU LEGISLATION FOR PIRACY BATTLE
The music industry is hijacking anti-terrorism legislation for its own devious needs. Not my words, ladies and gentlemen, but the accusation being thrown at the major record companies by a number of consumer rights groups across Europe.

The accusations relate to the European Union's Data Retention Directive. This is a new bit of European legislation which aims to give police and intelligence services across the Union easier access to the digital communications (online and mobile) of suspected criminals by forcing internet service providers and mobile companies to make the information they hold about their customers more readily available to the authorities.

Having themselves faced expensive legal problems in getting information out of internet service providers regarding suspected illegal file sharers, a number of music and entertainment companies have been pushing for the remit of the new European legislation to be extended to include online piracy. The Creative And Media Business Alliance which represents, among others, SonyBMG, Disney, EMI, Universal Music, the IFPI and MPA, has written to MEPs to amend the directive so that it does not just apply to "serious" organised crime and terrorism. The letter told the politicians: "We would appreciate your support in ensuring that this becomes an effective instrument in the fight against piracy".

When voted on by the EU Committee On Civil Liberties last week the word "serious" remained on the directive, although lawyers point out that without any clarification the definition of "serious" is likely to include the illegal sharing of copyright content via the internet. This has angered consumer rights groups who say the entertainment industry is hijacking legislation intended for quite different security issues for their own needs. Suw Charman of the Open Rights Group told reporters last week: "The [entertainment] industry is attempting to pervert this legislation, to back up a failing business model based on little more than speculation [that downloading is harming the music business]. There is no public good in creating legislation that empowers the creative industry to sue its own customers."

The directive will now go to the European Council, and if they approve it, it will go to the European Parliament to be voted on next month.

PS: The fact the music industry wants to use the directive to step up its anti-download offensive is perhaps the least worrying bit of this legislation, given that it essentially increases the rights the authorities have to spy on all your email, mobile and web communication. File sharing of copyright content is, of course, illegal, and therefore, arguably, there is nothing wrong with content owners monitoring it. But some in the civil rights community worry about this legislation being used to spy on people engaged in legal activity, especially of an anti-establishment nature. It's all in the name of anti-terrorism of course, though IT types point out that all the dodgy people these days tend to have the know-how to encrypt their communication and, if nothing else, to host their email accounts in countries outside the EU.

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BULGARIA AND ROMANIA TOLD TO ACT ON PIRACY TO ENTER EU
Elsewhere in EU music piracy news, members of the European Parliament have warned both Romania and Bulgaria that they will not be able to join the European Union unless they improve on their terrible piracy records. The warning follows a recent EU report that said the two countries had to take "immediate action" to stop the illegal counterfeiting of music and movies in the country, and the export of those products into the rest of Europe. The report criticised Bulgaria in particular, expressing concern at "the brazen nature of Bulgarian organised criminal elements, their contempt for the law and challenge to the authority of the state". The European Parliament has now said that if the two countries do not act to combat the piracy industries in their respective countries their scheduled accession into the EU of 1 Jan 2007 might be postponed.

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SONYBMG LAUNCH NEW INDEPENDENT SUPPORT DIVISION
SonyBMG International have announced they are launching a new 'independent' division. How can SonyBMG own an 'independent' division you ask? By definition anything they own is a major label, no? Well, Sony, of course, has a long history of joint venture relationships with the independent sector - most high profile are their partnerships with Big Brother, Independiente and Skint - all of which, up until now, were managed by a Sony division called SINE. The new division, to be called Red Ink, is a development of that part of the major label's operations.

Red Ink, which is kinda short for the Red Independent Network, will aim to help artists (both from the SonyBMG roster and not) and independent labels get access to distribution, marketing, promotion and sales expertise in the major international markets, with a particular emphasis on developing and promoting new talent.

SonyBMG International chairman Tom Bowen, who will oversee the new venture, told CMU: "The development of new artists around the world is critical to our future success. And this requires patience, focus and individual attention. With the establishment of Red Ink, we can provide our labels and artists with a new route to market combined with the concentration of marketing effort and the time that is crucial for them to develop creatively and commercially."

Red Ink will have offices in the UK, Germany, Australia and Canada - a sister company called, simply, Red already operates in the US. The UK team will be led by former Epic and SINE marketing exec Angie Somerside, with a team including Suzanne Steers, Stephen Richards and Murray Rose. Somerside told CMU: "Red Ink will provide an array of marketing, sales and distribution services to label partners and their artists. As SINE we worked with the independent sector for a long time. We understand their requirements and I know that, with the people we have here in London and the offices around the world, we are well-placed to help develop artists on a worldwide basis."

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DA APPOINT NEW MAN TO HEAD LICENSING DIVISION
Staying with Industry news, and Birmingham based DA Recordings, the people behind the Emsus.com content distribution platform launched earlier this year, have announced that Rod Thomson has joined the company to head up a new division - DA Licensing. Rob, formerly of Rough Trade and Chapter 22 where he co-managed, among others, PWEI and Bentley Rhythm Ace, will be charged with the task of exploiting the worldwide physical and digital catalogue opportunities of DA's expanding label base. There's more info on the company's distribution platform at http://www.emusu.com

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VOTING OPENS ON THE RECORD OF THE DAY AWARDS
As those of you reading every word of this here Daily will already have seen, voting has opened for this year's Record Of The Day Awards for Music Journalism and PR. This invites people working in the industry or music media to vote on who is best in the worlds of music journalism and PR. To vote just surf on over to http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=27680722369

The winners of this year's event will be announced at a special event at the Islington Bar Academy on 14 Dec.

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RADIO 1 DENY SHUNNING PEEL TRIBUTE TRACK
Radio 1 have denied those reports last week that they have shunned the new version of The Buzzcocks 'Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)', which was released as a tribute to the late great John Peel. The Sun reported last week that the nation's favourite wasn't playing the charity record, which features contributions from the likes of Elton John, Roger Daltrey, Robert Plant, David Gilmour and Pete Shelley, because it didn't fit in with "music policy". However, a spokesman for the Radio 1 says that, while the track hasn't been playlisted, it has been championed by the station.

Said spokesman told CMU: "The cover of the Buzzcocks 'Ever Fallen In Love' received its first play anywhere in the world on Radio 1 on the Jo Whiley show on the 10 Oct. Whilst it was not added to the playlist, it was subsequently played on a variety of other shows in the weeks surrounding John Peel Day on the 14 Oct. Playing this track was just one of several ways in which Radio 1 continued to honour John's memory. Championing new music was at the heart of what John believed in and is exactly what the station continues to do day in day out."

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FRENCH PM SAYS MONSIEUR R STYLE RAPS NOT TO BLAME FOR RIOTS
The French Prime Minister, Dominique de Villepin, has dismissed those previously reported claims by some of his own party colleagues that rap music has fuelled recent rioting in various cities in France. He told a French radio station that he wanted to avoid finger pointing about the origins of unrest in France, though he added that the courts should deal with any lyrics which they felt "overstepped the mark".

De Villepin was responding to those comments made last week by French MP Francois Grosdidier who said various French rappers and rock bands, and in particular rapper Monsieur R, had incited violence in their lyrics, and that their music had had a role to play in the riots: "When people hear this all day long and when these words swirl round in their heads, it is no surprise that they then see red as soon as they walk past policemen or simply people who are different from them." About 200 MPs signed Grosdidier's petitions calling on the justice ministry to prosecute seven groups over allegedly provocative lyrics.

However, de Villepin said this weekend: "I very much wish during this period - it is one of my primary responsibilities - to avoid any sort of confusion or finger-pointing. Is rap responsible for the crisis in the suburbs? My answer is no. When one writes a song, when one writes a book, when one expresses oneself, do we have a responsibility? Yes".

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NICKELBACK MAN SUES FORMER DRUMMER OVER ROYALTIES
Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger is suing the band's former drummer over a copyright dispute.

According to the lawsuit, drummer Ryan Vikedal, who was sacked from the band at the start of the year, previously received a small public-performance royalty on each of the band's hits. However, Kroeger says that Vikedal lost the rights to those royalty payments when he left the band, but that he has failed to de-register his interests with royalties body SOCAN. That means he is still receiving royalty payments on the songs. The lawsuit aims to force Vikedal to fill in the appropriate SOCAN forms, and to return any royalties he has received since January.

Kroeger and his company Arm Your Dillo Publishing Inc are suing Vikedal and his company Ladekiv Music Inc. Neither side have, as yet, commented on the litigation.

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CULLUM IS YOUNG AMBASSADOR
Jamie Cullum has become a 'Young Ambassador' for the Samaritans, to help raise awareness of the charity as well as helping to raise funds for the organisation. The singer has apparently already supported the charity for a number of years, raising around £12k via donations at his website and collections at his concert. "I have considered Samaritans one of my favourite charities for a long time," says the star, "It's good that younger people in society can do something positive to support such a worthwhile cause."

The Samaritans rebranded itself recently, apparently as part of an attempt to reach out to those in emotional trouble instead of just its traditional concern - those considering suicide. Cullum said that he was looking forward to the new role and to being "an active and involved Young Ambassador", especially in light of the fact that "the young are also one of the higher risk groups when it comes to emotional support".

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ALBUM REVIEW: Rammstein - Rosenrot (Universal)
I have this idea that if the great romantic German poet Goethe were alive today, he would totally be digging on Rammstein. From the fire-blazing live shows, through the epic hard rock production, to the angsty and existentialist lyrics, they are Sturm und Drang incarnate. This album, the follow up to last year's 'Reise, Reise', does not contribute anything new to the world, but it rocks so hard, you don't care. It does what Rammstein do best, achieving a cathartic adrenalin rush through just rocking the hell out of your ipod. First single and album opener 'Benzin' goes through a crazy list of the drugs singer Till Lindemann does not need, including nicotine and cocaine. All he needs, we are informed, is gasoline. Because, of course, gasoline burns. It makes NO sense, and you don't need to understand the German to enjoy this record. They are silly, but ambitious, lyrics, just like hard rock lyrics should be. Another highlight is second single 'Rosenrot', which is as epic and pompous as you could wish. But my favourite is 'Zerstören', which pretty much only has the one line, 'I must destroy!' repeated over and over again. Less Faust, more Faith No More (think 'Be Aggressive'), this album as a whole is in fact very reminiscent of 'Angel Dust' and 'Epic' era Faith No More. Only thankfully without the dodgy house beats. All in all, Goethe would be proud. Rammstein are fine purveyors of wacky German poetry and, not least, kick ass rock. SIA
Release date: 21 Nov
Press contact: Wild [CP, CR] Universal IH [RP, RR, NP, NR]

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WILLIAMS BREAKS TICKET RECORD
Robbie Williams has broken the world record for the highest number of gig tickets shifted in the space of a day. The singer reportedly sold 1.6million tickets for next year's world tour within a day of going on sale last weekend, raising around £80million. Crikey. Williams will appear in the next edition of the Guiness book, beating previous incumbents, NSYNC, who sold a million tickets for their 'No Strings Attached' tour in a day five years ago. The tour agent says: "It was simply astonishing. We expected a huge demand but they sold even more than we anticipated."

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OUTKAST RELEASE NEW ALBUM SOUNDTRACK
Outkast are to release their next album, 'Idlewild' in February, but it's not just their new album, it's the soundtrack to the duo's feature film appearance. The new movie, set in the Deep South during the depression, follows the story of two characters played by Andre 3000 and Big Boi. Speaking to Rolling Stone about the new album, Big Boi said: "It's not your typical soundtrack where you have a lot of different artists. It's me and Dre, and Organized Noize doing the production. Sleepy Brown is on the album, a new artist, Janelle Monae and then me and Dre. It's crazy."

The album was originally set for release in December but will now be out in the new year because the pair were having trouble deciding which track should get the first single release. Big Boi explained: "There are four songs that we really love and we just want to make sure we pick the right one to come out first. The potential singles are 'The Train', 'Idlewild Blues', 'Foot On The Gas' and 'Cock-A Doodle-Do'."

I wonder how much we'd have to pay Idlewild to persuade them to release an album called 'Outkast' in February?

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POGUES FAIRY TALE RE-RELEASE HAS MOTIVE
Now, you may know that the Pogues are planning to re-release the best Christmas song ever, 'Fairy Tale Of New York', on 19 Dec, but according to femalefirst.co.uk the re-release was actually conceived as a way to draw attention to, and put more pressure on, the Mexican authorities, who, following their initially conclusive investigations into Kirsty MacColl's death, have now agreed to re-open the case.

The single is being released to coincide with the fifth anniversary of MacColl's death. When the singer was killed by a speedboat whilst swimming in Cozumel in Mexico, a deckhand was fined for causing the accident, but Kirsty's relatives suspect it was actually the son of a wealthy supermarket owner who was steering at the time of the incident, and McColl's mother Jean wants him charged with homicide.

According to the website, Pogue Spider Stacy said: "The single isn't about making money. It's about justice for Kirsty. Jean has spent the last five years trying to get at the truth and she is making good headway. But the guy in question is one of the richest men in Mexico and is able to buy the best lawyers. When I first heard of the campaign, I didn't see the point. It's all an uphill task and Jean is an old lady. But I was wrong. She is getting close to finding justice for Kirsty."

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CHART UPDATE
Madonna maintained the double-chart-topping-super-achievement-thing again last night, with 'Hung Up' topping the singles chart for the third week running, and 'Confessions On A Dancefloor' sitting at the top of the albums chart for the second week running. And you all said she was past it. Didn't you? No? Ah, I must be thinking of someone else.

The whole top of the singles chart is pretty stationary this week, with Westlife still at 2 and the Black Eyed Peas still at 3. The highest new entry doesn't come till 6 - Gorillaz with 'Dirty Harry'. Then it goes Tom Novy ft Michael Marshall with 'Your Body' at 10, 50 Cent with 'Window Shopper' at 11, Stereophonics with 'Rewind' at 17, Paul McCartney with 'Jenny Wren' at 22, GLC with 'RnB' at 26, Korn with 'Twisted Transistor' at 27, the John Peel tribute track 'Ever Fallen In Love With Someone You Shouldn't've' at 28, Alkaline Trio with 'Mercy Me' at 30, Foo Fighters with 'Resolve' at 32, Freefaller's She's My Everything' at 36.

Albums chart wise, Madonna at the top, as we said, then Mr Will Young gets the highest new entry with his new long player 'Keep Up' proving that the original Pop Idol, if no one else from the world of reality TV, has lasting power (OK, Girls Aloud are still going I suppose). Then it goes Take That, Robbie Williams, Westlife, Il Divo and Kelly Clarkson until you get to the next new entry - Enya's 'Amarantine' at 8 - and then there's the Eurythmics and Gorillaz before you get System Of A Down's 'Hypnotize' at 11. Re-entries from the Pussycat Dolls at 28 and Bryan Adams at 30, then Son Of Dork's debut enters at 35.

I'm guessing that'll be a bit of a disappointment for Universal/Island and Prestige Management who have been pushing the 'It's James From Busted' card quite heavily on this one, not least to the McFly fan base. Of course it's probably not charted higher because I forgot to review it here in the CMU Daily, though to be honest, I'm still trying to make my mind up about it. Come to think of it - the fact that it's hard to decide what to think about 'Welcome to Loserville' might be the reason it didn't chart as high as Universal and Prestige probably hoped. Ah well, perhaps it's a grower.

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THIS WEEK'S STUDENT RADIO CHART
1. [1] Gorillaz - Dirty Harry (EMI/Parlophone)
2. [8] The Strokes - Juicebox (Rough Trade)
3. [2] The Futureheads - Area (679)
4. [14] Foo Fighters - Resolve (SonyBMG)
5. [13] Franz Ferdinand - Walk Away (Domino)
6. [5] Madonna - Hung Up (Warner/Maverick)
7. [15] Oasis - Let There Be Love (Big Brother)
8. [3] Arcade Fire - Wake Up (Rough Trade)
9. [4] Kaiser Chiefs - Modern Way (B-unique)
10. [10] Arctic Monkeys - I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor (Domino)
11. [NE] Kanye West - Heard 'Em Say (Ft. Adam Levine Of Maroon 5) (Universal/Roc A Fella)
12. [7] White Stripes - Denial Twist (Beggars/XL)
13. [18] Royksopp - What Else Is There? (Wall Of Sound)
14. [9] Jack Johnson - Sitting, Wishing, Waiting (Universal/Brushfire)
15. [12] The Darkness - One Way Ticket (Warner/Atlantic)
16. [20] Mystery Jets - Alas Agnes (679)
17. [NE] Hard-Fi - Cash Machine (Warner/Necessary)
18. [16] The Subways - No Goodbyes (Warner)
19. [NE] Pharrell Williams - Angel (EMI/Virgin)
20. [17] Goldie Lookin Chain - Rnb (Warner/Atlantic)
21. [NE] Editors - Munich (SonyBMG/Kitchenware)
22. [NE] Nizlopi - Jcb Song (FDM)
23. [11] Babyshambles - Albion (Rough Trade)
24. [NE] Sugababes - Ugly (Universal/Island)
25. [6] Athlete - 24 Hours (EMI/Parlophone)
26. [NE] Braund Reynolds - Rocket (Ten)
27. [NE] System Of A Down - Hypnotize (SonyBMG/Epic)
28. [26] Sigur Ros - Hippipolla (EMI)
29. [NE] The Young Knives - Decision (Transgressive)
30. [25] Sugababes - Push The Button (Universal/Island)

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SUBSHOT PLAYLIST
Here they are - the videos being played this week on the SUBtv network in union bars. New additions are marked with a **.

A LIST
50 Cent - Window Shopper (Universal/Interscope)
Babyshambles - Albion (Rough Trade)
Foo Fighters - Resolve (SonyBMG/RCA)
Franz Ferdinand - Walk Away (Domino)
Gorillaz - Dirty Harry (EMI/Parlophone)
Goldie Lookin Chain - R'n'B (Warner/Atlantic)
Madonna - Hung Up (Warner/Maverick)
**Nizlopi - JCB Song (FDM Records)
Oasis - Let There Be Love (Big Brother)
**The Strokes - Juicebox (Rough Trade)

B LIST
Action Plan - Stendhal (Young & Lost)
Antony And The Johnsons - You Are My Sister (Rough Trade)
Arcade Fire - Wake Up (Rough Trade)
**Braund Reynolds - Rocket (EMI/Virgin)
Dogs - Tarred And Feathered (Universal/Island)
**Hard-Fi - Cash Machine (Warner/Necessary)
Jack Johnson - Sitting, Waiting, Wishing (Universal/Island)
Kubb - Wicked Soul (Universal/Mercury)
Lady Sovereign - Hoodie (Universal/Island)
**Plan B - No Good (679)
The Cribs - You're Gonna Lose Us (Wichita)
The Dead 60s - Ghostfaced Killer (Deltasonic)
The Heights - Long Way Home (Best Before)
The Subways - No Goodbyes (Warners)
The Young Knives - The Decision (Transgressive)
Tom Novy Feat. Michael Marshall - Your Body (Data)
Viva Voce - Wrecking Ball (Full Time Hobby)

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PHARRELL WON'T WORK WITH TIMBERLAKE
Pharrell Williams is not planning to help Justin Timberlake on his new album, despite his work on the singer's acclaimed solo debut 'Justified'. He insists, however, that Timberlake is more than capable of producing a quality long player all by himself. He apparently said: "Justin's my boy. We got a lot of history together, we got Grammys off his album. I told him not to worry. He could win more Grammys with his own solo work."

Meanwhile Justin himself has apparently revealed a couple of details about his next solo outing, reportedly saying: "It's coming out early next year and the first single might be a song called 'Best Man U Eva Had'."

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SINGLE REVIEW: Euros Childs - Donkey Island (Wichita Recordings)
Okay, so there is good news and bad news here. The good news is, this song sounds like a classic Beatles tune. The bad news is, that tune is 'Octopus's Garden'. The first solo single from Gorky's Zygotic Mynci frontman Childs is a forerunner for a full album, 'Chops', due out in February, and hopefully not an indicative one. It is perfectly weird and twee with lines like "donkeys are like you and me/they like to love and swim in the sea". The tune is bouncy and catchy and synthy. But it is just a little too weird for weird's sake. There is really not much substance, or even art, here. A perfectly pleasant single, but a full album of this would be unendurable. There is a reason The Beatles had max one Ringo song per record. SIA
Release date: 28 Nov
Press contact: Hermana [CP, RP, NP] Wichita IH [CR, RR, NR]

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FERGIE PEAS IN FLU JAB TROUBLE
Black Eyed Pea Fergie gave bandmates an uncomfortable moment whilst on tour last week when she suffered an adverse reaction to a flu jab, and failed to appear on stage for that night's show. A source told The Star: "The rest of them went on stage but Fergie was nowhere to be seen. The tour manager found her in her dressing room suffering a bad reaction to the jabs. They had to go on late and Fergie couldn't sing because she felt so sick."

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JAGGER SAYS ONO STOPPED HIS LENNON FRIENDSHIP
Mick Jagger has said that Yoko Ono banned her husband from seeing him. He described how when Ono and John Lennon separated temporarily in 1973, he and the former Beatle were good friends: "We got really drunk and we went out on sailboats and we just sat around with guitars and played," he said.

Apparently, as soon as Ono was back, playtime was over. The Rolling Stone said: "When he went back with Yoko, I was probably considered one of the 'bad influences'. So I was never allowed to see him after that. On occasions when I went to visit someone in the Dakota, I'd leave a note saying, 'I live next door. I know you don't want to see anyone but if you do, please call.' He never did."

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KELLY'S NOT FOR QUITTING, OKAY?
Kelly Osbourne has denied rumours that she is planning to quit music. She told NME.com. "I don't know where the rumours came from. I've just recorded a version of 'Girls Just Wanna Have Fun' with Cyndi Lauper." Which seems odd, given her alleged new commitment to dance/electronica. Anyway, she will apparently start work on a new album in December.

Meanwhile, she has apparently told The Sun that she's happier than ever: "I'm happier that I've ever been. I love being based in London and I feel really settled. My house is fantastic and the shopping's great!"

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CHURCH SENIOR GOSSIP GALORE
I'm not sure this is any of our business, but the tabloids have been reporting on it, so we will too. Much chatter over Charlotte Church's mother, who seemingly went into hospital last week after overdosing on paracetamol. There was much talk that Maria Church took the overdose amid a marriage breakdown between her and James Church, with one onlooker observing that when Charlotte collected her mother from hospital: "You could see the worry etched on Charlotte's face. She is clearly concerned for her mother. There was no sign of James". Then again, other tabloid reports suggested Mrs Church was back in the Cardiff pub where she's the landlady this weekend, as cheerful as ever. So who knows?

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STONE DENIES AGE DIFFERENT LED TO SPLIT
Talking of personal problems that are possibly none of our business, Joss Stone has denied rumours that she dumped her ex because of a public outcry at their age difference.

Beau Dozier, aged 25, started dating the now 18-year-old Stone when she was 17 - the age of consent in California, where Stone currently lives, is 18. Of course she is 18 now, so I'm not sure why that's relevant, but anyway one source told the Mail On Sunday that the fantastically huge seven year age difference caused numerous problems for the singer, including the loss of a modelling contract: "Her fans, and more importantly, their mothers, did not like the fact that she was having under-age sex with an older man. It cost her the Gap job and now it has probably cost her the relationship". Another 'friend of the couple' told the paper: "People are saying it was her who broke things off. She is still very young and the controversy over their relationship destroyed it."

But Stone denies any such complications: "The reason we split is because we realised, after two years, that the relationship had become a friendship more than anything else. There was no drama, no screaming row, I didn't cheat on him and he didn't cheat on me. I just woke up one day and realised I didn't want to be in the relationship any more."

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TOMMY LEE FIGHTS HELLRAISER IMAGE
Hellraiser Tommy Lee says he's published a book and starred in a reality show because he wants people to see past his public image as a hellraiser. Lee says: "I wrote my autobiography and I star in my own reality TV show because I want people to get to know Tommy. Not Tommy Lee, just Tommy; the guy who is a father, who loves just about everything. It gets frustrating when everyone has a certain perception of you. I'm a really cool, mellow guy. I'm not as crazy as everybody thinks."

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ARCTIC MONKEY SPURNS FAIR WEATHER FRIENDS
Arctic Monkey Alex Turner is apparently plagued by calls and texts from former friends who suddenly want to know him again now that he's famous. Which is hardly news, really. I would imagine that sort of thing happens to anyone who steps into the public eye.

Anyway, The Star are reporting on it, so I'm wrong, and it must be news. According to them, one of the people who called was the inspiration for a song. The band's guitarist, Jamie Cook, said "one rang the day we went to number one. She went to school with me and Alex. We all lost contact completely after school, and then she pretended she didn't recognise us in a queue for a club a year later. That influenced a song we've got now..."

He continued: "But when we had a hit, she got Alex's number from someone a few weeks ago. So she phones one day and says congratulations and 'text me your number, we'll have to get together and go out sometime. Yeah - right luv, I'm never even going to text you."

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CONWAYS FINALLY KICKED OUT OF X FACTOR
The stringy Conways finally got kicked out of the X-Factor on Saturday after finding themselves in the bottom two yet again, but the surprise was (actually, I wasn't surprised) that it was Simon Cowell, their own mentor, who gave them the boot. "I don't believe in patronising people," he said. "You've been a pleasure and you'll grow from this point on."

One of the Conways (don't know her name, sorry) paid pointed tribute to Louis Walsh, implying that he'd been a better 'mentor' than their own mentor, Cowell: "You have been our mentor through this and we thank you a lot." Louis is probably relieved, in my opinion. Gossip suggests that he was under pressure from an outside source to support the Irish girl group, and was too scared to get rid of them. Cowell has neatly taken that pressure off, if it does, as hearsay suggests, exist.

Elsewhere, Walsh has been bitching about Simon, possibly to pay him back for whatever Cowell said to upset him in the first place - you may remember (how could you forget?) that Walsh threatened to quit the show last week, and, according to reports, Cowell begged him to stay (can't imagine Cowell begging, myself, but whatever). Walsh told The Mirror: "Simon has so far sent me five grovelling text messages begging me to come back to the show. One text message read, 'I'm really sorry Louis, I consider you one of my closest friends. Simon."

He also says: "I think Simon's very vain. He wears platform shoes, has spray tans, wears make-up and dyes his hair, all in an attempt to look younger. Simon also likes to do press ups before he goes on set."

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